Using phonetic algorithms to increase your search space and detect misspellings.

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In this talk I will give a brief introduction to phonetic algorithms and how they can apply to searching through social media data and other domains. I will then demonstrate applying these techniques to a US Census dataset, and generate a searchable dataset capable of suggesting alternative spellings and pronunciations of names. I will finish by talking about how we can detect potentially malicious domains using these techniques.

Speaker Profile

Alex Kahan is a software engineer in the DC area. Before joining Endgame, Alex worked as a research and development engineer at the social media cyber security company ZeroFOX. You can find most of his work on github